The RUT is now an integral part of the Migu Run Skyrunner® World Series, the 28km is considered by many in the US and Europe to be a pure Skyrunning race. It is a logical course with an aesthetic loop, plenty of vertical and an abundance of technical trail.
2375m of vertical await the runners and 3 major climbs make this a tough and real challenge. It may come as now surprise the high-point of the course is Lone Peak. It’s 3400m+ summit sitting high in the sky and towering over the Big Sky ski resort.
In a contrast to 2016, the weather this year was incredible with blue skies, no wind and warm temperatures – maybe a little too hot for some runners
Pascal Egli and Aritz Egea were the early protagonist pulling away and extending a gap over the competition. Climbing up to Lone Peak summit Egli was looking relaxed extending a small gap over Egea. Behind rising star Jan Margaret was in 3rd but not looking his smooth and usual self.
In the ladies race it came as no surprise that Laura Orgue was following up the previous days VK victory with a masterclass of Skyrunning. She opened a lead early on and just as in the VK, the gap extended and extended. On the climb to Lone Peak the competition wasn’t in sight.
Behind Addie Bracy, Hillary Gerardi, Taylor Nowlin and Michele Adrian followed but they were spread out on the mountain and they were racing for 2nd.
On the descent of Lone Peak as the runners made their way to the latter sections of the course, disaster struck for Egli, he missed a turn through a lack of concentration and this opened the door for Egea to take the victory in 3hrs 16min. Egli finished 3-minutes later and then Margarit rounded out the podium in 3:20.
Laura Orgue once again pulled off another incredible Skyrunning victory showing that she is ‘the’ lady to beat at the moment in 3:50. A storming run by Taylor Nowlin saw her move up from 4th on the climb to Lone Peak and see her finish 2nd ahead of Hillary Gerardi, their times 4:03 and 4:16.
Post race, many of the runners expressed how technical the race was and how the altitude played a key factor in the severity of the race
Attention now turns to Sundays 50km event which will start at 0600 local time.
1 – Laura Orgué (ESP) – 3h50’13”
2 – Taylor Nowlin (USA) – 4h03’21”
3 – Hillary Gerardi (USA) – 4h16’03”
4 – Michela Adrian (USA) – 4h22’59”
5 – Addie Bracy (USA) – 4h31’48”
1 – Aritz Egea (ESP) – 3h16′
2 – Pascal Egli (SWI) – 3h19′
3 – Jan Margarit Solé (ESP) – 3h20′
4 – Kiril Nikolov – Disl (BUL) – 3h21′
5 – JP Donovan (USA) – 3h22′